Stephen F. Austin State University

Career Opportunities

Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences majors are prepared for professions in a wide variety of settings. Currently, FCS educators are in short supply and there is great demand, not only in Texas but nationwide. After obtaining the teacher certificate several types of high school programs can be taught:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences semester courses
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Career Preparation (FCSCP) and Diversified Career Preparation (DCP)-work based
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Pre-Employment

The composite teaching certificate in Family and Consumer Sciences prepares you to teach:

  • Hospitality courses
  • Nutrition and food science courses
  • Human development and family studies courses

Courses are available on-line through the Family and Consumer Sciences Distance Alliance. The Alliance is a consortium of universities offering content courses on-line. Visit the web site at

Family and Consumer Sciences Cooperative Extension

FCS professionals have opportunities for employment in county positions to work with 4-H members, extension clubs and other individuals or groups in the county setting.


Business related to any area of Family and Consumer Sciences offer opportunity to promote products and services.


Agencies assisting families employ professionals to present programs, problem solve, etc. These are at the local, state, and national level.


Public relations opportunities are found with business, government and private companies.


Individuals who have developed certifications or other qualifications may choose to provide consulting to clients both individual or business.